Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

There's been a lot of talk about rights of conscience lately. A T-shirt maker in Lexington and Judge in Glasgow have appealed to their rights of conscience in a couple of high-profile cases. It's easy to get lost in legalese and lose sight of the fact that the right of conscience must be anchored in an absolute. Otherwise, any kind of outlandish behavior could be justified by claiming "well, I've just living according to my conscience." One absolute is that each person is made in the image of God. This implies there is a God and He's the One who defines moral limits. And since there's a God who makes us in his image and gives us rules to live by, the government should uphold our rights to conscience so that we may live in harmony with it.